The rise of ‘freelance’ exorcists in France


Rising demand for exorcisms is fueling an industry of freelancers who claim they can dispel evil spirits – for a fee.

By Salvatore Valeri and Koldo Bika | 31 October 2017 | Excerpted from The BBC


Demand for exorcisms – the rite of expelling evil spirits – is on the
rise in some European countries, with France leading the pack,
according to the Economist. This demand has sparked a rash of
‘freelance exorcists’: people outside the clergy who will charge 900
euros ($1,060) or more to rid clients of evil and break spells.

There are no official statistics on exorcisms in France. But the Continue reading

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Psychiatrist Describes ‘Creepiest’ Exorcism Witnessed; Possessed Woman Levitated From Bed


By Stoyan Zaimov , Christian Post Reporter | Nov 1, 2017 |
Excerpted from The Christian Post


A prominent psychiatrist with decades of exorcism experience has shared details behind the “creepiest” case of demon possession he witnessed, in which a woman displayed unnatural strength and levitated from her bed.

Dr. Richard Gallagher, a board-certified psychiatrist who teaches at Columbia University and New York Medical College, said in an article published Tuesday in the National Catholic Register that in his 25 years as a consultant for a network of exorcists in America, the case of a woman named “Julia” remains the most disturbing. Continue reading

Lucifer, fallen angel and evil

By Corazon Damo-Santiago – October 8, 2017 | Excerpted from the Business Mirror
This is a two part series, the second section can be read here


Demons or evils exist, not only in stories or movies. The exorcists of the Catholic Church will proclaim that they do. Scriptural imagery depicted them as black, grotesque figures with horns, tails, red, fiery eyes and with claws in black tights.

The scriptures simply describe them as “roaring lions seeking people to devour.”

But their existence is a defined dogma, from the Continue reading

I was possessed BY A DEMON: Shocking claim evil spirit took over man’s body

EXCLUSIVE: A “possessed” man has said he faced sheer terror after an “evil demon took over control of his body.”
By JON AUSTIN, Tuesday, Oct 3, 2017 | Excerpted from The Express UK


Gert Brouwer said he was left unable to breathe and a neighbour had to rescue him after the paranormal monster took control of him when he was aged 21.

He made the astonishing claim at the Paraforce UK paranormal convention in Witham, Essex.

Mr Brouwer, who was visiting from the Netherlands, told the stunned audience that in the year before his possession, a terrible series of events happened. Continue reading

Is The Exorcist based on a true story? Real-life tale of Roland Doe’s possession that’s more terrifying than the film and TV show

by Jo-Anne Rowney 21 October 2017 | Excerpted from The Mirror UK

As The Exorcist returns to the small screen we look at the terrifying true tale behind the story and how close it is to the movie


The cult film The Exorcist terrified the world more than 40 years ago, but the 1973 movie about the demonic possession of a 12-year-old girl, held more truth than we realised.

It is a story that has gone on to inspire films and TV shows alike – the latest being Syfy’s The Exorcist, where two priests attempt to purge another girl of her demons 40 years after the events of the movie.

We have William Peter Blatty to thank for bringing the tale to the masses. In 1949, the author sat reading the Washington Post when he saw an article about a Maryland boy, named as Roland Doe to protect his identity.

The story grabbed his attention, so much so that he went on to write his novel, which in turn became the cult movie we all know and love.

But what actually happened to Roland Doe?

It all began with a 13-year-old boy, Continue reading

WHY ATHEISM IS A BELIEF SYSTEM

Article by Andy Bannister | excerpted from RZIM Zacharias Trust

This is an excerpt, please visit Zacharias Trust to read the complete article and footnotes


In recent weeks, the merry bunch of atheists who like to hang out on my Twitter feed have posted similar examples, my favourite being:

Atheism isn’t a claim. It’s just non-belief in the claim “There is a god”.

Since this idea is heard increasingly frequently, often when the atheist making it is asked to give reasons or evidence for their position, it’s worth taking the time to Continue reading

Many Atheists Aren’t So Sure: The Doubts of Doubters

By Eric Metaxas , Christian Post Contributor | Sep 28, 2017 | Excerpted from The Christian Post


Sometimes, holding on to faith in God can be hard. But then again, so can holding on to faith in no God.

One of the most persistent challenges of the Christian life is doubt. The most faithful, and spiritually mature believers experience it, especially in the midst of trials, temptations, or hard questions.

Every one of us occasionally wonders whether God is Continue reading